Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made a bid to sign Memphis Depay from Barcelona, in a development that may have significance for Wolves.
According to Gerard Romero’s information which is relayed by Spanish publication AS, the north Londoners are looking to land the Netherlands international ahead of next season.
Depay has only been with Barcelona since last summer when he joined from Lyon.
But it looks as though he could already be on his way just a year after his arrival at the Nou Camp.
Of course, Barca made a number of attacking additions to their squad in January.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Wolves’ very own Adama Traore all joined.
They’ve all made good starts, and it seems Depay has slipped down the pecking order.
Barcelona selling Depay is something that could actually be significant for Wolves.
Of course, Wanderers agreed to send Traore on loan to Barca. But the clubs did not agree a mandatory purchase clause.
Instead, Barca and Wolves reportedly agreed on an option to buy worth around £29 million (Sky Sports).
It felt like a bit of an odd move at the time. Surely Wolves needed to have either secured a transfer fee in January, or made sure they negotiated an obligation-to-buy clause.
None of those things happened and, perhaps predictably, Joan Laporta said recently that Barca were in a tough financial predicament. He failed to give a guarantee that the option would be triggered.
These comments came after there were reports that Barca would try to offer Francisco Trincao or Riqui Puig for the player to avoid paying the £29 million.
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Realistically, Traore isn’t signing a new contract at Wolves and so he needs to be sold this summer. He should have been sold in January for that reason. If he wanted to remain at Molineux for the longer term he would surely have agreed a new deal by now.
Barca are struggling financially and it sounds at the minute as though the funds aren’t there to sign Traore.
But them selling Depay would likely give their finances a boost.
Depay is a player who is in his prime. He has 75 international caps, and 10 goals to his name this season.
He should fetch a decent sum, although his contract does run out with the club in 2023.
But surely Barca offloading him would help them to bankroll a move for Traore.